Liliana Nikiteanu



Liliana Nikiteanu began her vocal training in 1977 at the music high school, then at the conservatory in Bucharest. She received her first permanent engagement in 1986 at the Galati Music Theatre.
She won numerous prizes: 1984 Francesco Viñas, 1986 Belgrade, 1989 Vienna Belvedere and 1991 Geneva. In 2000 she was nominated by Der Opernwelt as Best Young Singer of the Year for the role of Dorabella. Her repertoire includes over 80 roles which she has sung in Zurich, where she has been a member of the ensemble since 1991, or in other opera houses including Octavian (Der Rosenkavalier) at the Bastille, the Vienna and Hamburg State Operas, Ježibaba (Rusalka) in Montreal, Sesto (La clemenza di Tito) in Dresden, Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia) in Vienna and Munich; Dorabella (Così fan tutte) in Dresden, Munich, Salzburg, Aix-en-Provence, Fjodor (Boris Godunow) in Salzburg, Orfeo (Gluck) in the Cité de la Musique Paris, Margarethe (Damnation de Faust) in Brussels and Dulcinée (Don Quixote) in the Theater an der Wien. In Zurich she impersonated all Mozart roles of her Fach (Cherubino, Dorabella, Despina, Cecilio, Sextus, Anius, Giacinta, Zerlina, 2nd Lady, Marcellina, Don Ramiro and Idamante), as well as more dramatic roles such as Ljubascha (The Tsar's Bride), Amme (Dukas' Bluebeard) and Fricka (The Rhine Gold).

As a concert singer she has a repertoire ranging from Bach to Berio. In Bamberg she sang Berenice by Haydn under Adam Fischer, in Paris Berlioz' Les Nuits d'Eté under Holliger, in Copenhagen Verdi's Requiem and in Tel Aviv and Haifa Bruckner's Te Deum under Mehta. In 2005 she performed in St. Peter's Basilica for the 500th anniversary of the Swiss Guard of the Pope. Among the conductors who have shaped her are Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Claudio Abbado, Fabio Luisi, Franz Welser-Möst, John Eliot Gardiner, Rene Jakobs and Philippe Jordan. Recently she has appeared in Zurich as Beggar Woman (Sweeney Todd) and Teresa (La sonnambula) and sang at the Edinburgh International Festival Larina in Eugene Onegin with the Komische Oper Berlin in summer 2019 and returned to the Opéra de Monte Carlo with Le Comte Ory (Ragone) in 2021.

Repertoire Opera

  • Composer Work Role
  • Bellini Sonnambula Teresa
  • Britten Peter Grimes Auntie
  • Britten The turn of the screw Mrs Grose *
  • Dalbavie Gesualdo Eleonora
  • Debussy Pélléas et Mélisande Geneviève *
  • Dukas Ariane et Barbe-Bleue Nourrice
  • Dvorak Rusalka Jezibaba
  • Händel Giulio Cesare Cesare /Cornelia *
  • Händel Rinaldo Goffredo
  • Händel Semele Ino / Juno
  • Haydn Il mondo della luna Lisetta
  • Humperdinck Königskinder Hexe
  • Humperdinck Hänsel und Gretel Hexe *
  • Mascagni Cavalleria rusticana Mamma Lucia *
  • Massenet Manon Manon *
  • Massenet Thérèse Thérèse
  • Monteverdi Il ritorno d'Ulisse Ericlea *
  • Mozart Mitridate Farnace *
  • Mozart Zauberflöte 2. Dame
  • Mussorgksy Boris Godunow Marina *
  • Puccini Suor Angelica Die Fürstin *
  • Rameau Les Indes Galantes Zaïre
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Die Zarenbraut Lyubascha
  • Rossini Le Comte d'Ory Ragonde
  • Rossini Otello Emilia
  • Schostakowitsch Die Nase Podtotschina
  • Strauss, R. Daphne Gaea *
  • Strauss, R. Elektra Klytämnestra *
  • Strauss, R. Capriccio Clairon *
  • Tschaikowski Eugen Onegin Larina/Amme *
  • Verdi Luisa Miller Federica
  • Verdi Rigoletto Maddalena
  • Verdi Falstaff Meg / Miss Quickly *
  • Wagner Walküre Fricka *
  • Wagner Rheingold Fricka
  • Wagner Fliegender Holländer Mary
  • Wagner Götterdämmerung Waltraute* / 2. Norn
* in preparation



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